Review: Skirt Steak by Vanessa Vale

skirt steakTitle: Skirt Steak

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Website designer Julia Duke

The heroes: Mechanic Cash Carter and custom motorcycle maker Bennett ?

The blurb: The Duke boys were nicknamed for cuts of meat. Sir Loin Of Beef. T-Bone. Tri-Tip. Porterhouse. We were a ranching family after all. And me? I was known as Skirt Steak. I didn’t think much of it until Cash and Bennett, because they told me—and showed me—how much they liked my pink center, said it was juicy and lick-their-lips good.

I was going take their word for it. Every single time they made me come.

Standalone or series: Book five in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I’ve been waiting for Julia’s book, and wasn’t disappointed. Julia’s brothers and cousin feature in the previous book in this series, and all the women have at least two men. Julia’s book is no different, but their initial encounter is hilarious – Julia thinks Cash and Bennett are the strippers booked for the bachelorette party she’s attending for one of her brother’s fiancees.

Cash and Bennett wise up pretty much straight away, but don’t let on that Julia’s got it wrong, which makes for a funny meeting. As with all the books, the boys know straight away they’ve found the woman they want to spend their lives with, but Julia is insecure when it comes to men, thanks to her douchebag ex. So Bennett and Cash are going to have to step up to the plate and convince her he was wrong.

And convince they do…. over and over and over. Another enjoyable read from this author.

Review: Porterhouse by Vanessa Vale

porterhouseTitle: Porterhouse

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Nurse Jill Murphy

The heroes: District Attorney Porter Duke and Sheriff Liam Hogan

The blurb: Meet—or should I say meat—Porter Duke. He serves up a large portion of big beef all alone, but he doesn’t want to claim Jillian Murphy by himself. Liam Hogan has what it takes to satisfy the hungriest appetite—and their woman is insatiable.

When Jill’s life is in danger, should she go to the sexy DA and new sheriff who have stolen her heart? Or should she protect her men from the one thing that could destroy them—herself?

Standalone or series: This is book four of the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This fourth installment in the Grade-A Beefcake series is just as sexy and fun as the first three! One of the Duke cousins, Porter, and his best friend Liam know that Jill is the woman they’ve been looking for, the one they’ll share and settle down with.

However, Jill is not yet on board with the idea of two men sharing her, so she dates them both separately at first, even though she knows deep down she wants them both. But she doesn’t realise they’re not going to make her pick between the two of them – can they convince her that’s where she belongs?

When Jill finally gathers the courage to tell them she wants them both, the three of them fall headfirst into the relationship they all want. But it’s not all smooth sailing; Jill’s younger brother causes some serious headaches for her, and Porter, who misunderstands the situation, suspects Jill of wrongdoing. She’s devastated and flees, but when Liam sets Porter right, they set out to get their woman back. Will they succeed? You’ll just have to read to find out!




Review: Tri-Tip by Vanessa Vale

tri tipTitle: Tri-Tip

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Sheriff Parker Drew

The heroes: Veterinarians Gus Duke, Kemp ? and Poe ?

The blurb: It’s been ten years since Parker Drew and Gus Duke have seen each other, but it’s like no time has passed. They were hot and heavy back then and the spark’s still there now. But they’re no longer fumbling kids and they know what they want… what they need. For Parker, that’s giving up control to more than one guy.
Gus is more than willing to deliver because he wants to share a woman with Kemp and Poe. One look and he knows that’s Parker. All three big cowboys are going to give her everything she ever imagined… times three. Oh, she’ll get so much more than just the tip.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Sheriff Parker Drew has returned home to care for her unwell mother, and that means being back in the town where her first boyfriend, Gus Duke, lives. It isn’t long before she runs into him, and the attraction still simmers between them. Their split was amicable; he went to college to become a vet, she a lawyer.

Parker is aware of the Duke brothers’ penchant for sharing their women with other men, but she doesn’t have any idea that Gus is willing to do the same with his two best friends and business partners, Kemp and Poe. When Parker rescues a stray dog, she takes her to the clinic, where she meets Kemp and Poe. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to them, too, and it isn’t long before the four of them are indulging in activities requiring them to be naked.

Parker is not a petite woman; she’s tall and curvy with a high sex drive, so she finds her match in the three men. They’re convinced they’ve found the one woman for all of them, but will Parker agree? Poe has some demons to overcome, and when he does something stupid, he threatens to end their relationship before it ever really begins. Will Parker be able to forgive him? Can she handle the three hot men who are willing to make her theirs? This is another great instalment in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, and I can’t wait to read about the Duke sister, Julia!

Review: T-Bone by Vanessa Vale

t-boneTitle: T-Bone

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Store owner/heiress Ava Carter

The heroes: Ranch owner Tucker Duke and ranch foreman Colton Ridge

The blurb: Tucker Duke is a cattle rancher, but they don’t call him T-Bone because of his steaks. And Colton Ridge? Prime cut. They’re looking for a woman to share, to get between them and give her a double helping of big beef.

Ava Carter might be the new owner of the Raines Seed and Feed, but that doesn’t mean she’s tough as nails. She’s definitely tough and has nails that are freshly manicured. When two hot cowboys set their sights on her, she realizes she doesn’t stand a chance. Why should she?

Standalone or series: Book two in the Grade-A Beef series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is book two in the Grade A Beefcakes series, and the Duke family is back for more action. This time it’s Tucker, younger brother of Landon from book one, and his best friend Colton who are in lust with Ava Carter, best friend of Landon and Jed’s girlfriend, Kaitlyn. The Duke boys like to share their women with their best friends, it seems, so all the books are M/F/M, with the woman at the centre of the relationship (there’s no M/M action).

Ava is interested in both men and she knows they want a ménage relationship, something she’s not averse to, but she wants to make sure she’s in it for the long run. Her billionaire father wants her to marry his right hand man, who’s a jerk, and Ava ran from him – and his money – to start her own life. She finally succumbs to her feelings for Tucker and Colton, and they go with her to confront her father after she finds out he’s been having her followed. He tells her why she must return to the business and marry the man he chose for her, but Ava stands her ground, even after she learns the truth. She makes it clear that her relationship with the two men is not casual and isn’t afraid to walk away again to continue leading the life she wants with the two men she loves.

If you love ménage romances with lots of hot sex scenes, this series is definitely for you.

Review: Sir Loin of Beef by Vanessa Vale

sir loin of beefTitle: Sir Loin of Beef

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Librarian Kaitlyn Leary

The heroes: Ex-professional rodeo riders Landon Duke (construction company owner) and Jed Cassidy (bar owner)

The blurb: They might call me Sir Loin of Beef, but when I see Kaitlyn for the first time, stick a fork in me, I’m done.

But I won’t claim her alone. Jed Cassidy and I share everything, and that includes her. If the sweet little librarian isn’t ready to be wrangled by two rodeo champs, we’ll just have to break her in nice and slow. She’s ours. We will win her over—body and soul—and when we do? Well, let’s just say we’ll give her a hard ride…and it’ll last a hell of a lot longer than eight seconds.

Kaitlyn Leary takes one look at the sexy cowboys and can’t remember the last time she was so eager for a double helping of… big beef. But giving in to desire might ruin everything. Because the truth is that this small town librarian isn’t all she seems. Landon Duke and Jed might be talking about a future of picket fences and making babies, but the past could destroy it all. Still…two cowboys?

Who could resist?

Standalone or series: Book one in the Grade-A Beefcake series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: It was the title of this book that drew me in, that and the fact it was a ménage book (which is one of my guilty pleasures right now). Landon Duke (known as Duke) and Jed Cassidy have been best friends since childhood. Both of them were professional rodeo riders, but retired due to age and injury. They’ve always shared everything, and this includes women – they both know they won’t settle down with any woman unless she’s willing to accept them both.

Enter Kaitlyn Leary, with her glasses and gorgeous figure. She’s tagged along with a friend to see a male revue at Jed’s bar, and once Duke and Jed lay eyes on her, they know she’s the one. She’s instantly attracted to both of them, and when she’s pulled up on stage for a lap dance by the current stripper, Duke and Jed take over and pull her into a private back room, where they proceed to show her how much they’re attracted to her.

Kaitlyn doesn’t even know their names, but something primal in her loves the attention and she lets them make her feel good. However, the spell is broken when she finds out who Duke is; his family and her father have a past, and not a good one. She knows once he finds out who she is, he’ll hate her. So she flees the bar without explanation.

When the company she called to repair her roof shows up the next morning, she’s shocked to find it’s none other than Duke. He realises who she is, tells her everything she was afraid he would, and storms out. She spends a miserable day at work and when Jed and Duke’s family find out what he said to Kaitlyn, they all put him rightfully in his place. Duke realises he was wrong to blame Kaitlyn for the actions of her father, especially when she was just a child when it happened.

Throw in Duke’s entire family getting involved, a would-be stalker for Kaitlyn, and a serious case of instalove and you have this book. It only takes twenty-four hours before Kaitlyn has moved in with the boys and the ménage happens, so it’s quick. But this is one of the better menage books I’ve read and it’s a fun read, so it’s worth picking up.